Search Engine Journal: 21 Web Directories That Still Have Value

Search Engine Journal: 21 Web Directories That Still Have Value. “In the early days of SEO, web directories were the thing. Back then, the Google algorithm was a lot easier to game. If your site was listed on a ton of online directories, it must be pretty dang special – or at least, that’s how the algorithm saw it. The number of directory links you had positively influenced how well your site ranked in the search engines. Online marketers caught on, and schemed to litter the web with directory listings of their website. It was a simpler time.” But thanks to pop-ups, just as annoying.

Dmoz Directory Being Killed Off on March 14

Dmoz is finally being killed off. “Dmoz, one of the longest standing, human curated, directories on the Internet will be shut down for good on March 14, 2017. Directories played a huge part in the early days of the Internet, especially if they were curated by companies or volunteers.” And then payola and system-scamming ruined everything. Wrap your head around this: Dmoz lasted longer than Google Reader.